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Home > Blog > July 2014 > Stream Movies, TV, Music, and Audiobooks Free with Hoopla!

Regular readers of this blog will doubtless be aware that the Free Library has been testing the waters with streaming media these past few months. Well, today we're finally ready to jump in and announce our newest digital media service, Hoopla!

Hoopla is a digital platform that offers streaming movies, TV, music, and audiobooks for your PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone. Think of it like a Netflix for libraries.  You'll find a wide selection of current, popular titles to enjoy for free when you login with your Free Library card and PIN.  And because you stream, rather than download, content from Hoopla, there are no waiting lists, no holds, and of course, no late fees!  

You'll can access Hoopla over at the Streaming Video section of our Digital Media page

Here are some Hoopla FAQs and policies to help you get started:

  • Every Free Library card holder can checkout 10 Hoopla items per month (any combination of movies, TV, music, etc.).
  • The first time you visit Hoopla, click 'Sign Up' in the top right of the screen; agree to the terms of service, select 'Free Library of Philadelphia' as your library, and register with your library card number, PIN, and email address. 
  • If you or your child logs in to Hoopla using children’s Free Library card, you will only be able to checkout movies rated G or PG, TV shows rated TVY, TV7, TVG, TVPG, and TVY7FV, and music without an explicit lyrics warning.
  • If you or your child has a 'Video Restricted' card (parents use these cards to restrict their children from borrowing DVDs in our libraries), you will not be able to login to Hoopla. To change this designation, parents should speak with a librarian at their neighborhood library location. 
  • Hoopla is compatible with Mac and PC. There are mobile apps available for both Apple and Android devices in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
  • The first time you use Hoopla you may be instructed to install the Widevine plugin. Widevine is a plugin designed by Google. It allows Hoopla to play videos in your browser.  Widevine is supported by most modern browsers. However, currently Internet Explorer 11 is not supported. If you use IE11, you can download the Google Chrome browser free and use that to watch Hoopla videos. Visitors using the public PCs in our Neighborhood Libraries to access Hoopla should use the Chrome browser.
  • If you run into trouble, you can access Hoopla help 24/7.  Of course, you can also always contact us with your questions and concerns as well. 

Please give Hoopla a try and let us know what you think of this new service in comments section below.  

Tags: digital media, film, music, television

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Mon, July 28, 2014
Fantastic!
Anthony Lyle - Philadelphia
Mon, July 28, 2014
Terrific news. I've already downloaded the app and borrowed an audiobook on my Nook HD. Love that I can download it for offline listening. Thank you adding yet another wonderful service!
Jody Hamilton - NH
Tue, July 29, 2014
I'm unable to use this on my PC, which uses Chrome. "Not all platforms are supported on all products and the platform currently used by your provider does not support ChromeOS. Please consider this my request that the Free Library of Philadelphia enable support for this platform.
Carolyn R - Germantown (Philadelphia), PA
Tue, July 29, 2014
Hello Carolyn - I see that you've also submitted a question to our contact us and I will respond to you there. For other users benefit though, I have checked with Hoopla and at this time they do not support ChromeOS though they in development with a solution (to clarify though, this only applies to the Chrome Operating System, people with the Chrome browser installed on a machine running the Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems should not have a problem).
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tue, July 29, 2014
Just to clarify on the last point...PC with the Windows Operating system that use the Chrome browser are supported (however, you will still need to install the Widevine plugin mentioned above). However, Chromebooks (dedicated laptops that run on the Chrome OS) are not supported at this time.
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tue, July 29, 2014
Thanks for responding. I'm not trying to use this on Chromebooks -- don't even know what that is! As I wrote in my initial question: I am trying to use Hoopla on my laptop, on which I have Windows 7 OS and use the Chrome browser. I actually tried again, and was successful after I found + downloaded/installed the "Alternate Widevine Plugin Download Link" at http://www.widevine.com/download/videooptimizer/index.html Thanks! Carolyn
Carolyn R - Germantown (Philadelphia), PA
Thu, July 31, 2014
Will Android mobile be supported in the future?
Don Sherman - Philadelphia
Thu, July 31, 2014
Hi Don - while mobile web browsers are not supported, you can use Hoopla on your mobile device now with their app for Android. Find it in the Google Play store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hoopladigital.android
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tue, August 05, 2014
What great news! I love my library!
Meg - philadelphia
Tue, August 05, 2014
Hoopla is a fantastic addition to the library's resources and hopefully it will remain permanently. The music section is extremely extensive. This is awesome!!! So far it works perfectly on the Mac.
Cordelia - Philadelphia
Tue, September 02, 2014
Hoopla would be awesome if it worked on my iPhone. The app gives me a "bad url" message that I cant bypass. So, I'm still using overdrive, but Hoopla has a larger selection...I'm a little bummed out
Eva - Olney
Wed, September 03, 2014
Hi Eva - Hoopla should definitely work on an iPhone. Why not send us an email at the Contact Us link at the top of this page. Include your library card number, the model iPhone you're using and the version of iOS you have. We should be able to help you get this going!
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Sat, September 06, 2014
I would really like to stream video and music to my television. However, I can only do this on my ROKU. Please let me know if this will be possible. Thank you.
Winifred Davis - Philadelphia,PA
Mon, September 08, 2014
Hello Ms Davis - currently you can only stream movies and films from our collection on IndieFlix to your Roku. Hoopla does not yet have a Roku channel. According to their FAQ page, they are working on developing a channel, but we don't have a launch date yet. Keep an eye on our blog for updates. If you would like starting watching films from IndieFlix on your Roku, start by visiting our Digital Media page (http://search.freelibrary.org/digitalmedia.cfm) and setting up an IndieFlix account. Then, add the IndieFlix Roku channel to your device get started.
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tue, September 23, 2014
The true digital age has arrived and I am absolutely astounded! Love, Love, Love, Hoopla. Thank you so very, very much for introducing this to library patrons! Definitely a KEEPER!!
Brenda B - Reading
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